Thursday Thoughts  

Question:  What is your favorite decoration on your Christmas tree?  What is the story behind it?  What does it tell us about you and your family?

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
     David wants to build a Temple
     God, through Nathan, says NO!
     "I'm fine with a tent."
     How much importance to we place on a church building and it's decoration.  Is this right?
     God talks about how it's okay to travel, not important to who God is. 
     How important is it to us?
     Image of David's throne that will last forever--tie to Mary's story.

Luke 1:47-55
     The Magnificat (the reading begins with the word "magnify," in Latin, "Magnificat."
     Ties this reading to David's story, also to the Song of Miriam in Exodus, following the Red Sea,
           "Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea."
     The world is turned upside down!

Luke 1:26-38
     Annunciation to Mary
     "Here am I"
     Mary's answer continues to amaze us
     Conversation on how your life changes when a pregnancy is announced!

No gathering next week, (Christmas Day) or the week after (New Year's Day).

Next Readings:
     Isaiah 60:1-6
     Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
     Ephesians 3:1-12
     Matthew 2:1-12

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